Houston woman guilty of disaster fraud

Latoya Romar, from SE Houston, has pleaded guilty to defrauding FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) by falsely claiming a storm damaged her residence.


The 2015 Memorial Day storms dumped up to 10 inches of rain over 12 hours. Seven people died as a result of the storms and a federal disaster was declared for Harris County.

Romar submitted forged documents to FEMA, who paid out $7,124 in response to her claim.

A quick google search on Romar turned up a 2009 conviction in Harris County for forgery. In 2007, Romar was employed by Texas State Bank in the Galleria area. On her application form, Romar had stated that she had never been arrested. In fact, the background check revealed that she had three convictions for forgery, with her last sentence being two years in state jail. She was terminated by the bank in January 2008, the same day the background check results were received.

The following month, in February 2008, she deposited a forged check for $1,000 into her Texas State bank account and then withdrew the money at an ATM. As a result, she was sentenced to six months in jail in 2009.

Sentencing in the latest case is set for August 16. At that time, Romar faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 maximum possible fine.


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